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in connecticut. jurors also saw the last footage of jennifer hawk petit alive when she went to a bank during what was essentially a six-hour ordeal, forced by her captures to take out $15,000 to try to save her family. they told her if she did things would be okay. while at the bank she tried as well to signal for help, and here is the resulting 911 call from the bank worker. >> we have a lady who is in our bank right now who says that her husband and children are being held at their house, the people are in a car outside the bank. she is getting $15,000 to bring out to them. that if the police are told they will kill her children and the husband. they have their faces covered. she is petrified. she is getting in a car, it's like a gray suv. they pulled up, now they are pulling out. >> just her or -- >> no, somebody else is driving. >> okay. >> she says they drove her here. megyn: within an hour the house was set on fire and jennifer and the two petit daughters were dead from smoke inhalation inside. william, the father narrowly escaped beaten within an inch of his life and left in the basement.
. the trial of the first of two defendants in the assault, torture and murder of jennifer petit and her two daughters. the only survivor of that attack is dr. william petit. he is pushing for the death penalty for both defendants in this case and has become a referendum for the death penalty. they expect to wrap the case today. the defense may need only one day to present its case, just one day. tom lewis from our fox affiliate has our report. we want to warn you, some of the testimony can get graphic. >> reporter: the prosecution is bringing it's final witnesses this morning in the murder case of stephen haze. the defense will get a chance in a day or two to present a defense for a man who admitted killing jennifer petit. one of the defense attorneys for the other defendant in this case came outside the courthouse and said that thinks client did not sodomize 11-year-old makalia. that was very important, the judge had imposed a gag order. now there is a contempt of court hearing whether or not that gag ordered was violated. fire investigators are now on the stand for the prosecution talking
on wednesday. prosecutors accused steven haze and another man in the rape, murder and burning of jennifer hawk petit, that's the mother and her two daughters age 11 and 17 back in 2007. the husband, dr. petit was savagely beaten but managed to escape from the basement where he was tied up. now he is pushing for the death penalty. my next guest says that should not happen. former federal prosecutor annmarie macavoy is my guest now. she was aligned with judy guiliani and john mccain, known for being tough on crime. and you say you're against the death penalty in this case? >> you know it's a horrendous case and certainly if there is any case that would warrant it this would be it, but unfortunately to be honest my views over the years have changed. when i was a prosecutor, and that was quite a few years ago i was straupb much lee in favor of the death penalty, although i never wanted to be the one to pull the switch or make the decision. but over the years, having seen how the legal system works, the mistakes that are made in the legal system, how people sometimes are pushed to plead to things,
. and explaining, i can't lose the whole democratic party. jennifer given is live at the pentagon. jennifer apparently the white house wants us to believe that they are happy with this book, why is that? >> reporter: in a way they are happy, because what comes out of this, look at the timing of when it was released, it's released before the midterm elections, have you a president with a very unpopular war, his democratic base doesn't want us to be in afghanistan, so they have this book being leaked out with private conversations between his national security team and him where he's in fact saying that i don't really believe in the troop surge that he signed off on sending 30,000 troops over there in the last year. that he is serious about an exit strategy, he wants them out by july 2011. this all plays into political hands because in essence it's saying that, yes i went along with my generals, along with the pentagon, i sent the 30,000 troops but i want them out almost as soon as they've unpacked. megyn: yet some of the quotes from his generals and his national security team in this thing a
assault used on jennifer hawk petit, the mother in this case and her two daughters. the evidence that was talked about today backed up the prosecution's case that the mother of two had been sexually assaulted before she was manually strangled by stephen hayes, allegedly, and that 11-year-old makayla with the blond her had also been sexually violated before she died of smoke inhalation as she was tied up to her bed, violations against makayla allegedly came at the hands of the other in the case. forensic experts testified that there was no evidence of sexual assault on 17-year-old haley and that she managed to escape her ties. she was also tied up to her bed, and tried to flee the flames that engulfed her house. it was a fire that was set after they were all assaulted. but she collapsed and died at the top of the staircase in her home, and that's what we heard about today. mig you know, it's our job to report this to you in a matter of fact way and bring you the facts but it's tough to hear those facts and have any neutral reaction. i guess the fire marshals will appear today as w
jennifer griffin is talking with folks at the pentagon about this. she will join us live in a bit. fox news alert the latest damage report from the most destructive wildfire in colorado's history. the scope of the devastation now unimaginable. a staggering 169 homes burned to the ground. look at these pictures. somebody lived here. at least 35,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, even some firefighters couldn't save their own property. >> i stood on this fire and watched firefighters save their neighbors go and watched theirs go, and that's pretty dam hard. >> we looked on the list today, and it is destroyed, it's gone. >> all we wanted was information, better information than what they are giving us. >> we hope tonight to find out if it was destroyed or damaged or if it's still standing. megyn: firefighters say the fire is just 30% contained. i mean just look at these pictures. this is somebody's big, beautiful home just reduced to ashes. they say however the strong within may kick up the sparks and could still spread the flames further. we've got a reporter there, folks, we'll
. this is reports from the ground saying that combat brigades have simply been renamed. not dissolved. jennifer griffin is live at the pentagon. when did the president again promising all combat troops will be out of iraq by now. paul combat troops? >> he campaigned on that. then one month after take over as president he gave a high-profile speech at camp lejeune in north carolina, then he reiterated last week from the oval office that essentially this was his mission accomplished speech, that all combat brigades were out of iraq. here ways said then and now. >> let me say this as plainly as i can. by august 31, 2010, our combat mission in iraq will end. tonight i'm announce our combat mission in iraq has ended. operation iraqi freedom is over. the iraqis have lead responsibility for the security of their country. >> reporter: but we have seen u.s. troops get sucked into battle including this weekend. two u.s. soldiers had to fire their weapons? downtown baghdad. we just heard reports from northern iraq that two u.s. soldiers were killed in northern iraq today. just in the last days alone those
if it hadn't been for the actions of sergeant etchberger. megyn: jennifer griffin thank you. senate majority leader harry reid just lost new york's jr. senator kristen kill louisiana brand, publicly praising her as hot. now some feminists are calling him sexist. you will hear from one of them after this break. then there is this. not a good day for spectators at a car race in brazil. we have now learned what caused this stadium to suddenly collapse. and president obama finding himself in an awkward position when he was confronted by some angry town hallers, many of them his supporters. we'll show you how the president responded to this, for example. >> i'm one of your middle class americans, and quite frankly i'm exhausted, i'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the man of change that i voted for and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. doing t shipping. man, it would be a lot easier if we didn't have to weigh 'em all. if thosboxes are under 70 lbs. you don't have to weigh em. with these priority mail flat rate boxes from the postal service, if i
and killing jennifer pettitte and giving a very bizarre explanation for doing what he did. also, jurors were introduced to some very graphic cell phone pictures taken of joshua sarjasky sexually assaulting 11-year-old makaila, also the chief medical examiner took the stand and told exactly how the young girls died. >> the testimony was graphic, buglio tpheufplt had interrogated hayes moments after his arrest and he was telling the detectives he raped pettitte after jakkowski sexually molested is is-year-old makila. add to go the heart break, cell phone pictures taken by saljetski of what he did with the young daughter, he painted a picture of criminals desperate for money, of a robbery that went horrifically wrong. the medical examiner testified about the final moments of makaila, saying soot was found in the house, which was set on fire. both bodies were burned but the doctor couldn't say whether the burns occurred while the girls were alive. dr. pettitte briefly spoke with the media outside a courthouse. >> it was another tough and painful day for the pettitte family and i think everybody
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